Who We Are

We're Different

The Festival Voice is a team of dedicated festival goers and music lovers working together to completely change the way people experience festivals, but we need your help. This team of devoted writers has started a completely different type of media outlet that is focused on being the voice of the people at large festivals, rather than the artists or the overall franchise of the festival. While our team still be giving honest festival reviews and doing artist interviews, we will also be interviewing attendees at every festival we cover. The Festival Voice also features an entire blog page that lets readers just like you post articles directly to our website. We believe that your voice matters, and we want to make your voice heard!

We're Different

The Festival Voice is a team of dedicated festival goers and music lovers working together to completely change the way people experience festivals, but we need your help. This team of devoted writers has started a completely different type of media outlet that is focused on being the voice of the people at large festivals, rather than the artists or the overall franchise of the festival. While our team still be giving honest festival reviews and doing artist interviews, we will also be interviewing attendees at every festival we cover. The Festival Voice also features an entire blog page that lets readers just like you post articles directly to our website. We believe that your voice matters, and we want to make your voice heard!

Do You Remember...

Do you remember the first time you walked into a festival? Waiting in the lines for security and finally getting your first taste of the people? Can you remember your heart racing as you walked towards the loud music and the brightly lit stage? Can you remember thinking, “I get it now” when you were talking to your friend that dragged you along to that event? Do you now thank them for talking you into going? Do you want to help someone else experience that same feeling?

More Than a Blog...

The Festival Voice provides on-site data collection, analysis, and feedback in real-time to festival promoters, production companies, and vendors across the country. Our goal is to raise the overall fan experience at large events by getting with attendees and conducting short interviews and on-site surveys. Once the festival is over we conduct social media polls and email surveys. We compile all this data so that the festival can then use it to improve their event the following year. The Festival Voice focuses on the true headliner, YOU, and now you truly do have a say in how festivals can change for the better.

Meet the Team

Behind every successful business is a team of skilled and dedicated people just like you. Here you can learn about everyone on the team and their role in The Festival Voice. Why? Because people want to know who they're doing business with. It's a human thing.

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Sam O'Shay

Founder / President / CEO

Sam is a passionate visionary who is determined to make a positive change in the world. Born in California and traveling his whole life, he has a unique perspective on the world. Utilizing his years in Project Management and the knowledge from his various travels, he started up TFV to change the way the way people from all over the world experience their favorite festivals.

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Rae Van

Editor

Rae Van fell in love this scene by accident. One of her friends convinced her to go to this crazy dubstep show (she barely knew what dubstep was, let alone Excision) and she fell in love with the music and scene. That following summer, she went to three festivals despite not knowing who any of the artists were. Rae was born and raised in the Midwest and travels constantly for shows and festivals. Her love for creative writing and this scene fuels her writing. You can usually catch her at the dubstep stage at any major festival.

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Esmerelda Flores

Videographer

Esmeralda is a young, creative and passionate photographer and videographer focused on creating long lasting memories and capturing every memorable moment on film. As she travels to different festivals, she hopes to share her experience interviewing festival goers, bringing you along on a special and unique perspective. Please join her on her adventures and letting you see the festival community and culture through her lens.

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Hayley Roukin

Journalist

Hayley has always been a big part of the music scene. Starting with her first warped tour in 2008 to her first festival in 2017 - she's been passionate about the coming together for a musical celebration. In college she discovered her love for writing and this blog has allowed her to bring these two things together. Coming from Michigan, Hayley has enjoyed the midwest and even enjoyed some festivals in the Netherlands. She hopes to continue spreading the warmness she's felt at festivals through her writing.

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Tanya Czuchra

Journalist

Tanya is a journalist and artist currently based in Arizona. She travels around the country to cover festivals, focusing on interviewing festivalgoers to better understand and share their experiences. Along with writing articles and reviews, she also hosts workshops and vends her art at festivals.

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Chris Brown

Journalist

Chris Brown is an English professor from Orlando who writes at the intersection of his own cultures and the festival cultures we create together. Being Potawatomi, a tribe native to the Chicago lakefront region, means seeing festivals as one of the few places where music and dance still lead people to peace. Being a queer person means seeing festivals as the start of a new and better world, one where we all have the space to be ourselves.

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AmberLynn Anderson

Journalist / Photographer

AmberLynn is an experienced journalist based out of Virginia. Working with local publications like the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virgina and national publication. She has experience in local and national coverage of events and festivals, as well as artist interviews. She enjoys writing, painting, hula hooping and traveling in her free time.

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Stewart Sankey

CTO / Website Admin

Stewart was born in Arizona but grew up in the Midwest. While he has always been a fan of music and the nightclub scene, he only got involved with EDM through a random encounter with a stranger who later became one of his best friends. He went to his first festival in 2015 and has been to EDC every year since 2016 (except for when it got cancelled in 2020). For The Festival Voice, he mainly operates behind the scenes, keeping the site running.

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CJ Gates

Social Media Manager

CJ went to her first music festival in 2016, but fell in love with the scene at VooDoo 2018. She is a student, a traveler, and the social content manager for TFV. CJ has been to festivals throught the U.S. and Europe, her favorite (so far) being Electric Forest. Her favorite part about her work is creating frienships with people who choose to connect lovingly under music.

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Vinhcent Nguyen

Videographer

Vinhcent is the editor and videographer. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Vinhcent has worked in all sorts of field work, weddings, commercials, short films, and events. His passion leans more towards electronic music festivals. This includes capturing moments you'll only see once in a lifetime, the moments that you'll remember forever looking back on your past. Moments like these need to be recorded to remind ourselves to live in the moment and show off the best in us.